Follow all the action as West Ham welcome Manchester United to the London Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.
David Moyes’s side are in high spirits after a fantastic return to European football during the week, as Declan Rice and Michail Antonio scored in a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. The Hammers remain unbeaten domestically thus far, too, with two wins and two draws in their opening four games.
Manchester United will provide a far sterner test of that record, though, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side aim to bounce back from a chastening Champions League defeat against Young Boys. The head coach was forced to defend his tactics and substitutions after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off early in the group stage tie, but United have still enjoyed a positive start to their season overall and entered the weekend top of the table after three wins and a draw. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored five goals in seven appearances against West Ham, will start up front again. Follow all the action live below:
West Ham vs Man Utd
Manchester United’s 28-game undefeated run away from home is a record for the Premier League. The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals during this run, keeping 13 clean sheets.
This is only the second time in 10 seasons that United have been unbeaten after their opening four league fixtures. They also had 10 points at this stage in 2017.
Solskjaer looking to ‘bounce back’
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is hoping his team can return to winning ways after they suffered a shock defeat to Young Boys in their opening Champions League fixture on Tuesday night.
“Well you learn how to deal with that as professional footballer and how to look forward to the next one.” said Solskjaer about the loss. “Nothing becomes history quicker than a game of football, I’ve said that a few times. No matter if you win or lose there is always a new challenge and this time we have to bounce back. You can see the boys coming in today and there’s a focus to them. I know the performance is going to be a good one with the right attitude and right approach. I know the attitude will be good from the start.”
West Ham vs Man Utd
West Ham have won just seven of their 50 Premier League matches against Manchester United with 13 draws and 30 defeats. The Hammers are unbeaten after their opening four Premier League matches for the first time since 1999.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest run without defeat on the road in English league history and they are one short of 100 Premier League goals in this fixture.
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Ronaldo’s surprise return in a £19.8m deal from Juventus headlined United’s summer business, though long-term target Jadon Sancho was also finally secured in a £73m agreement with Borussia Dortmund.
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West Ham vs Man Utd – Recent results
This should be a cracking contest as both teams are undefeated in the Premier League so far this season. West Ham started their season with two blistering wins over Newcastle and Leicester before being held to draws by Crystal Palace and Southampton.
During the week they faced Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League where Michail Antonio and Declan Rice found the back of the net to get the Hammers’ European campaign off to a winning start.
Manchester United meanwhile had contrasting fortunes in their European match. They faced Young Boys in the opening fixture of the Champions League and despite another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo the Red Devils slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
They are faring better in the league though. Three wins and a draw from their first four games had them top of the table heading into this game week. A win yesterday for Liverpool has dethroned them so three points today will be a boost to keep them close to the top.
West Ham vs Man Utd – Team changes
David Moyes makes four changes to the West Ham side that lined up against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night. Michail Antonio is suspended so Jarrod Bowen comes in. Said Benrahma replaces Manuel Lanzini in midfield with Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks dropping out of the defence for Vladimir Coufal and Angelo Ogbonna.
Just three changes from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midweek Champions League team. Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek and Victor Lindelof are all replaced with Mason Greenwood, Raphael Varane and a returning Scott McTominay.
West Ham vs Man Utd – Team news
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Benrahma, Vlasic; Bowen
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo
West Ham vs Manchester United prediction
West Ham will hope to challenge Manchester United but shorn of Michail Antonio, they may be lacking both forward thrust and a useful out-ball. They have the defensive resources to frustrate but stopping a fully-loaded Manchester United side may prove difficult. West Ham 1-2 Manchester United
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